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1 To strengthen a yard or a mast in a sailing vessel by using a fish, a long piece of wood, concave on one side and convex on the other. One of these is placed on each side of the weak point and secured either with metal bands or with a strong lashing known as a woolding.

2 To fish an anchor, to draw up the flukes of an Admiralty pattern or fisherman's anchor to the cathead preparatory to its being stowed on an anchor bed. The modern stockless anchors have no need to be fished as their permanent stowage is in the hawseholes and not on anchor beds.

A fished spar

Subjects: Maritime History.

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